Refrain From Partisanship, Governor Abubakar Charges Journalists

Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar has reechoed the need for Nigerians journalists covering politicians to remain ethical by maintaining their neutrality and refraining from being partisan in carrying out their constitutional assignments.

The governor who stated this on Wednesday when the newly elected state officials of the Nigeria Union of Journalists [NUJ] paid him a courtesy visit at Government house Bauchi, said the media, as an important institution has obligation to report all governments, like other institutions and individuals correctly and fairly.

He said politics must be played with highest degree of responsibility and modesty, pointing out that a new deal needs to be struck between the government and the Nigeria Union of Journalists because “the media is central to the entrenchment of democracy and survival of democratic rule”.

Abubakar observed that no serious altercation took place between his administration and the media since his inception, lamenting however that somereportage in broadcast media have been airing derogatory programs ‘that have grossly gone against the National Broadcasting Commission’s broadcast code’, which he overlooks for peace to reign in the state.

The governor expressed happiness that the electorate have gradually started understanding the truth about the wrong presentation of the government in news content, while assuring of the completion of digitization of state-owned radio and television stations.

Earlier, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Ibrahim Malam Goje who assured the governor of his leadership commitment to ensure fair coverage and adherence to ethics by working Journalists in the state in reportage, appealed to the government to improve the welfare of State-owned media workers, training of members and digitization of the State media outlets.

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